Downtown Murray Virtual Tour →
We are happy to present this virtual tour of downtown Murray and some of its great shops! Just click the headline to view the tour. More stores will be participating so stay tuned. Thank you to ShopMainStreets.com.
Parking: The most valuable commodity downtown
Parking. It’s a dirty little word. Meters, no meters. Fewer tickets, more tickets. Parking is a controversial subject and finding consensus will take hard work. There are some things we can do right now, however, which make sense and do not cost a thing. Save spaces for customers! We know, the spaces out front are convenient, which is exactly why we want them for customers. Maybe your...
Why Shop Local?
3. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust Source: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why
Why Shop Local?
2. Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses. Source: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why
Why Shop Local?
1. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Source: http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why
How Historic Preservation Can Reverse Population...
Blog post by Michelle Kimball & Michelle Conway For so-called “shrinking cities”–places adversely affected by deindustrialization like Cleveland and Detroit, or by disasters like our own city of New Orleans–historic preservation is a viable solution to the problems of blight, vacancy, and depopulation. Preservation is also a viable way for New Orleans specifically to continue buck the...
How can I participate in Trivia Night?
Murray Main Street’s Trivia Night is a fun way to test your (useless) knowledge and enjoy time with friends. It’s a fun night out during a time of year when there is usually not much going on. So, what do you have to do to participate? First of all, call Murray Main Street at 270-759-9474 to reserve your table. Then, find seven of your smartest friends and start practicing. Brush up...
Main Streets Rule the Road (Click for article) →
Murray was recently featured by the National Trust for Historic Preservation after being awarded Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. Let’s celebrate!
More on the Higgins House
Reduce-Reuse-Redesign: Trash is Treasure →
melimort: I have watched one too many episodes of storage wars and american pickers. So, when upstairs in the historic building on Murray’s court square that Main Street owns (Mugsys and Happiness) I found boxes of what most people would see as junk. Needless to say I am now a craigslist and ebay expert…
Freedom Fest Thank You
Who knew that Freedom Fest’s 25th anniversary would bring the hottest days Murray had seen in 60 years? Still, the 100+ degree temperatures could not stop the community from celebrating its favorite holiday. Freedom Fest has a lot of people to thank for its success — we couldn’t do it without you. Murray Fire Dept. Calloway Co. Fire and Rescue (These two groups are first...
You can spend millions of dollars marketing a town or downtown, and none of that...– http://www.rogerbrooks.org/2012/04/30/the-three-downtown-statistics/
We’re about the future. We’re about making these buildings and...– http://vimeo.com/35608673
Dollar for dollar, historic preservation is one of the highest job-generating...– http://vimeo.com/35608673
Preservation-based community development not only protects our heritage, but...– http://www.preservationnation.org/information-center/sustainable-communities/community-revitalization/
Murray Main Street Statistics 2000-2011
What has Murray Main Street done for downtown Murray? 172 new jobs 47 new businesses in downtown $2,664,500 invested in new business $2,667,300 of private dollars have been invested in downtown business $929,984 invested in facade improvements on downtown properties and an additional $3,000,000 of new building construction Over 40% increase in property value of buildings renovated which in...
Murray Main Street’s vision: Maximize Historic Murray.
Murray Main Street Mission Statement
Murray Main Street will stimulate economic development and investment in the historic district by promoting its distinctive qualities through preservation and improvement, making it a great place to live, work, shop and play.
The number one activity of visitors throughout the world is shopping, dining and...– http://www.destinationdevelopment.com/2011/06/02/8-amazing-facts-about-downtowns/
You can’t have a successful city without a successful heart, a successful...– Carol Coletta https://twitter.com/#!/DowntownDenver
Murray Main Street receives top score in...
Congratulations to Murray Main Street, which recently received the highest score in Kentucky on its National Main Street Certification! During the annual Kentucky Main Street Conference, held Jan. 25-27 in Frankfort, Main Street Manager Deana Wright learned the program had scored 95 points out of 100, the highest score in the state. The program is one of only 12 in Kentucky to achieve a National...
You don’t know where you are going, until you know where you have been.– Kentucky Main Street Conference, speaking on historic preservation
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on...– http://staylocal.org/facts/why/